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025: Is the Stereotypical Image of Meditation Actually Hurting Us? W/ Christian Straka 

podcast Mar 03, 2021
 

On this episode of High Flow Lifestyle, I continue my chat with Christian Straka about mindfulness and flow, and we learn about his idea of Micro-Hits in Motion and changing people’s image of meditation.   

Christian Straka has developed a unique approach to mindset training through methodologies for applying evidence-based mindfulness techniques in sports. Christian has been practicing mindfulness for many years and is also now teaching and coaching mindfulness.  

For the past decade his focus turned to mindset training for peak performance through evidence-based mindfulness skill development, which he incorporates in his function as the Global Mindset Coach for adidas Runners as well as with his personal and corporate clients. 

The concept of meditation is so broad and vague that it means different things to different people. Similar to the idea of playing a sport, we know in general what that is, but there is a wide variety of ports.  

The stereotypical image of meditation is sitting in lotus position, quieting the mind, maybe there are Tibetan bowls music playing softly in the background, this has zero to do with meditation.  

Those are just the certain circumstances you have created. Certain things are more beneficial to certain goals you might have, and others make things more difficult.  

What we are talking about though is Mindfulness Meditation. This form of meditation has to do with intention and the 3 skills he focuses on.  

 

Christian focuses on building 3 skills among the numerous triggers for accessing the flow state.  

1) The ability to pay attention to what you want for any length of time, to a point where you lose your sense of time and don’t even realize it’s happening anymore. 

2) The ability to really notice subtleties and be very clear on what it is you are experiencing in the moment.  

3) The ability to move through a certain situation without resisting anything that comes up, like fear, anxiety... 

You can use these 3 skills in any situation in your life.  

Many people feel that meditation is something that is separate from their everyday life. Actually, in everyday life is when you need those 3 skills.  

He is trying to change the popular image of what people visualize as meditation. We can all do it intentionally and simultaneously.  

Formal practice (10 minutes or longer) and Stillness 

 

He promotes and practices:  Micro-hits in Motion 

Micro-hits means that you are using these 3 skills for 10 minutes or less, 1 minute, 5 min... 

In motion means that you are definitely not still. Anything like running, cooking etc.   

Therefore, mindfulness meditation can be practiced and used anywhere and anytime.  

The Micro-hit technique can also be used over and over again for long term.  

You are always present, but we don’t always realize we are in the present.  

Nutrition is very important to him, but it takes an expert to give advice on diet and nutrition.  

Training these 3 skills increases the ability to have these “Aha” moments and insight.  A cluttered mind doesn’t recognize these.  

There are certain elements of nature have a positive influence on him. Sunny, war, and by the ocean inspire him, but snowy mountainous areas don’t do it for him. The jungle is a place of ecstasy for him.  

Science has shown that running in nature or hiking in nature has more benefits than an urban area.  

He does offer a mindfulness training program for coaches of athletes.  

Christian Straka 

CEO MindSize Sports LLC 

Global Mindset Coach adidas Runners 

Mindset Coach adidas Runners Los Angeles 

www.mindsizesports.com 

www.adidas.com/adidasrunners 

 
BIO: 

Christian Straka has developed a unique approach to mindset training through methodologies for applying evidence-based mindfulness techniques in sports. Christian has been practicing mindfulness for many years, is a Unified Mindfulness L² Coach, a member of the Mindfulness Facilitation program at UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association.  

As a coach for pro athletes, Christian has in-depth expertise in professional tennis, as a player on the international circuit as well as a coach on all professional levels. He was the head pro of the Hofsaess Tennis Academy training the German National Team. He coached multiple top 10 players throughout their tennis career and was the personal coach for Victoria Azarenka (former world #1) and Andrea Petkovic (former world #10).  

 

For the past decade his focus turned to mindset training for peak performance through evidence-based mindfulness skill development, which he incorporates in his function as the Global Mindset Coach for adidas Runners as well as with his personal and corporate clients. He was  Mike Bryan’s mental performance coach when he won the ATP Tour World Championship in 2018.  

 He was also the mental performance coach of the Adidas TSP team that broke the world record running from Los Angeles to Los Vegas. His unique approach to mindset training has yielded significant benefit to his clients in the development of their mental performance. 

 

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